Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....
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Author:  Nicoleball [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 1:14 am ]
Post subject:  Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

:cry: Hey, my name is Nicole, I currently am a stay home mom. I have the most amazing daughter, Mariah. I haven't had a steady job in about 7 months. My daughters father helps a lot. The economy these days has been awful, and I think everyone gets pretty desperate sometimes. :cry:
I posted an ad on Craigslist, listing my experience in work, looking for a JOB.

On July 11th, a man, by the name of Stanley Clarkes emailed me, subject was "CAN YOU START WORK IMMEDIATLY"
When I opened it, it was from a company called "Formations house" London. He emailed me all the duties, and the pay, and it seemed legit. I emailed him back asking for more information. He replied quickly and just told me that I would be filing paperwork for people who are clients with formations house, and that I would recieve doncuments in my email, file them, and then UPS them. So, I bought a printer, paper, manila folders, labels...and pretty much was EXCITED that I was about to start a job at home, and I can still be with my daughter.

He asked for a copy of a photo ID of me, so I sent him a copy of my Drivers License.

I didn't hear from him for 2 days. When he wrote back...he told me that my "Employee File" was active, and that I would be starting the next morning. I was so happy.

The next day, he sent me 3 documents in my email, and told me to print them off, file them, and label them as the people listed. I did so.

As soon as I was finished filing, I asked him for further instructions. He then told me that a package was being delivered to my house.

I received the package, opened it. There were 2 checks inside. One was for 380.00, and the other was for 400.00. I emailed him, and he told me to cash them and that as soon as the checks were cashed, to email him back. The 400.00 check was not cashed, because of insufficent funds in the account. The 380 however, was cashed. I went back home, emailed him back, and told him the deal with the checks. He then told me to take out 225.00 and keep that to myself. The rest was to go in file, and I would be sending it to him with the paperwork.

I put the money in the file and then emailed him and asked him for further instructions. He then told me that I had another job to do, and that a package was already on its way. He sent me another document, so I printed the paper work out, filed..and did the same thing. I receieved the package, and opend it up. There were 2 checks. Both of them were over 1,000.00.

I started talking to my parents about it, and they were concerned and told me to look into it more. I talked with my neighbor and they insisted it was a scam as well.

I contacted the Better business Bureau. They told me it was a scam. Why didn't I listen to these people? If only I could go back now.

I emailed "stanley" and gave him my thoughts on it being a scam. He emailed me back and made me feel very stupid. He said" MOST SCAMS ASK FOR YOUR BANK ACCOUNT NUMBER"...and " MY CLIENTS TRUST YOU WITH THEIR MONEY BECAUSE I DID A BACKGROUND CHECK ON YOU". I was questioning him about this, and I decided that I was just going to cash these last checks, take my money out, and then send him the rest and call it quits. I no longer wanted to be apart of it, because I was starting to get really scared.

On JULY 23rd, at 1:00, I went to BANK OF AMERICA, where the first check for 380.00 was cashed, and thumb printed these checks, and tried to cash them. The teller asked me for 2 forms of ID, and then said "I will be right back, let me verify this". My 3 year old daughter was with me. I waited, and waited, and waited. About 30 min later, a police officer walks in. The manager at the bank pulls me into the office, with the police officer. I sit down with my daughter, and then he holds up the check and says "maam, this is a fraud check". I put my head down, and just started to cry. My heart was pounding, and I just let it all out to the police officer. I told him everything. I actually printed off all the emails the day before I got arrested, and showed them to my mother. She told me to keep them, JUST INCASE. So the officer talked to me for about an hour longer, and then he sent more officers in. They told me that since I had cashed the check, I could be in serious trouble. I just couldnt stop crying. My daughter had to go to the restroom, and they wouldnt even let me take her, because they were afraid I was going to make a run for it.

The DA was called, and they decided they were going to press charges on me. I now have a felony on my record for forgerie. I went to jail on the 23rd, and was released early yesterday morning. I was bonded out. My court date is tomorrow morning, 8am. I have never been arrested in my life. I dont even have a record at all. I just couldn't believe that I was being arrested, and that I was being charged with a felony when I am INNOCENT. I thought I was working from home.

So as it stands now, I have these emails, for evidence. Thats it. I have no idea what's going to happen to me. So many people tell me that I'm going to be put on probation for a few years. I don't want to do time. I can't be away from my daughter. Two days was horrible for me, and I don't think I can emotionally handle all of this. I am a 23 yr old mother, who has never done anything like this before, and now I'm being charged for something that has only been going on for about 2 weeks. I am scared, I don't know what is going to happen. I am hopeing to GOD that the LORD is watching over me, and hopefully something GOOD will happen. The police officers actually heard me out, and felt really bad for me. They told me that they were going to write up my police report and that everything will work out for me. I really hope I don't serve time. I don't want a record either. If anyone has any advice, me.

My friends mother is a lawyer, and she set me up with an appointment with her tomorrow morning after court, just to discuss all of this. Even though nobody knows me on here, Pray for me. Please. Or at least pray for my daughter. She needs me, and I need her. :cry:

Author:  admin [ Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:23 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

First off, I am so sorry to hear that you are a victim of this scam!

It is good that you are going to be speaking with a lawyer. If you could talk to her BEFORE the court hearing, that would be better, or if she could attend with you.

Please send me a private message and let me know what state you live in. I might have contacts that could help you.

Author:  admin [ Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

Here is a story online that sounds much like yours ... ail_073009

It makes me so upset when I hear about scam victims being arrested!

Author:  securityprotect [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:18 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

This has NOTHING to do with FORMATIONS HOUSE we have NEVER ever advertised such a position.

If you have received such a job offer it is NOT from us.

The person purporting to offer you a job has NOTHING to do with us !

We try to track down individuals who are pretending to be us, and have the adverts removed, but as this is the internet as soon as we are able to remove one advert another pops up. We understand this forums role in warning people about jobs scam.

If any one has further information that can help us track down the individuals who are fraudulently using our name please email us at

Author:  admin [ Tue Aug 24, 2010 12:58 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

securityprotect wrote:
This has NOTHING to do with FORMATIONS HOUSE we have NEVER ever advertised such a position.

If I did not say that in my above post, I am sorry, and I would like to state now that I agree with what you said. We see these scams all the time and people use the name of a good or trusted company to help "fool" their victims. It is a type of Identity Theft . . . they are using the name/identity of the company to help their story sound true and throw people off their track.

Author:  saosin100 [ Sun May 01, 2011 10:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

Been there before but not at the extent of your level. Only scammed $21. Paid it because they said they are gonna use it for the materials and resources only to know that I get nothing.

That's when I only signed-up to legitimate outsourcing sites like odesk where they don't ask for any registration fee.

You can read more on outsourcing sites here: ... o-use-them

Author:  furious [ Mon May 09, 2011 6:20 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Online job, gone bad. Need advice.....

My wife is in a similar position at the moment. No jail but could be (she's paying all the money back to the 'customers' to avoid it whilst the con artist is laughing).

Never been so furious in my life. The level of evil (that's what it is) involved is astounding.

I hate the law when a victim of a scam can end up in jail. We even have hours of hidden video footage which proves the scam artist was the one who got the cash but the police and lawyers are saying it's very difficult for my wife to prove it (the police don't want to see the videos 'yet' even though they know this woman has done it several times before).

The lawyer said he will help and needs one week to assess the next move. He doubts my wife will do any time and he'll try and get the scammer. She has the support of the 'customers' who lost money as they've met the con artist and heard the bullshit and seen the videos. I've posted a thread about it, just waiting for approval.

Good luck and I hope everything works out for you. That guy is pondlife and one day he'll mess with the wrong person.

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